Suns News NBA: The Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 99-90.

Devin Booker Delivers Against Defending NBA Champions

Brian Bayless Posted on 5/23/2021.

The Los Angeles Lakers got the first bucket in this contest to take a 2-0 lead. Phoenix outscored them 32-23 after that to take a 32-25 lead after one quarter of play.

Phoenix outscored the Lakers for the second quarter in a row 21-20. Phoenix led 53-45 at halftime.

Phoenix outscored the Los Angeles Lakers for the third quarter in a row 28-23. Phoenix led 81-68 after three quarters of play.

The defending NBA Champions held the Phoenix Suns to 16 points in the fourth quarter. That wasn't enough as the Suns defense really stepped up in the first three quarters. Phoenix won 99-90.

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker led the Suns with 34 points while also providing 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Phoenix Suns center DeAndre Ayton had 21 points and 16 rebounds as the first pick in the 2018 NBA Draft recorded a double double. Point guard Chris Paul had a team low 7 points. Still, the Phoenix Suns as a team deserve a ton of credit for playing strong defense as they held both LeBron James and Anthony Davis to under 20 points in this contest.

Game 2 of this series resumes on Tuesday. This is a must win game for the Lakers. Phoenix has a chance to make a statement against last years NBA Champions if their team can play at a high level once again.

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